Apr
16

Game 15: Two of Two

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BIG MIKE IS HERE

The Yankees shut out the Cubs in the first game of today’s doubleheader earlier this afternoon, and now they will try to finish off the quick two-game sweep before hitting the road for a seven-game, eight-day road trip through Tampa and Boston. The Yankees have played seven doubleheaders at the new Yankee Stadium and they’ve swept five, splitting the other two.

Derek Jeter and his sore quad return to the lineup tonight, and Michael Pineda returns to the mound for the first time since his whole pine tar incident. It’s a no-win situation. If he pitches well, it’s because he’s hiding the pine tar somewhere else. If he pitches poorly, it’s because he wasn’t able to use the pine tar. The columns and blog posts practically write themselves. Once again, here is the Cubs lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. DH Carlos Beltran
  4. LF Alfonso Soriano
  5. 2B Yangervis Solarte
  6. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  7. 3B Scott Sizemore
  8. 1B Kelly Johnson
  9. C John Ryan Murphy
    RHP Michael Pineda

It was sunny but cold for this afternoon’s game and it’ll be even colder tonight. Clear skies, otherwise. Both the Yankees and Cubs will wear #42 jerseys in honor of Jackie Robinson tonight since yesterday’s game (when everyone else wore #42) was rained out. There will be a little pregame ceremony honoring Robinson and Nelson Mandela as well. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and you can watch on My9 locally and MLB Network nationally. First My9 game of 2014. It’s officially baseball season. Enjoy the game.

Roster Move: The Yankees have recalled right-hander Shane Greene as the 26th man for today’s doubleheader, the team announced. I didn’t think they were allowed to call anyone up because the doubleheader was not scheduled 48 hours in advance. Whatever. By rule, Greene has to go back to Triple-A following the game.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Yankee$

    I like this more than Bart Day !

  • mustang

    Team Sizemore:
    jjyank
    Cuso
    Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead
    JGYank
    Dalek Jeter
    mustang
    I’m One
    Jorge Steinbrenner
    Chip Rodriguez
    Yankee$
    Jersey Joe
    Cool Lester Smooth
    Mr. Roth
    Vicki

    24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY!!!!!

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    I was confident that we would sweep this series and now I’m even more so with Soley in that 5 hole. Pineda and Tanaka are our aces in the hole. Can’t go wrong with those two.

    • lightSABR

      Six weeks ago, if you’d told me Solarte was going to be batting fifth at some point, I would have assumed that the entire major-league team had been victims of biological warfare.

      • vicki

        like when ben francisco hit fifth or steve pearce hit cleanup.

        • Deathstroke Heathcott

          “Sam” Pearce

  • vicki

    robbie cano doesn’t understand why rachel robinson wasn’t at his m’s/tigers game last night.

    • TheRealGreg

      He did not say that, did he?

      • vicki

        no. just another cheap shot at a guy who may not have considered all he’d be missing out on when he jumped ship for cash.

    • Mikhel

      Now that you’ve mentioned him: yesterday at the baseball game of my local team (Mexican Northern League) there was a dominican guy playing for the visiting team, he looked A LOT like Canó, and I mean A…LOT… he grew his beard like Canó, had the bunch of sunflower seeds like Robbie, smiling similarly, wears #24, we were having a laugh when we noticed how he has mimicked Canó (must be his favourite player). But this guy is a pitcher (throws fire damn kid, he’s about 20 years old).

      I’ll upload photos later…

      I also saw Marcos Vecchionachi (former Yankees minorleaguer) with my local team who scored the go-ahead run in a 3R-HR. And Pedro Luis Lazo with the visiting team, one of the best Cuban pitchers ever (will pitch tonight).

      • Mikhel

        Oh yeah and his name? Michel Cano (but no relation to Robinson).

    • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

      What Robbie probably doesn’t understand is why he wasn’t at that game himself. The M’s are played Texas last night.

      • vicki

        yes, yes. i realized it as soon as i hit Submit. did the error prevent you from getting my point, or are you just being clever?

  • Tom

    Excited to see Murphy play.

    I wonder if his playing time will be targeted against lefty starters, or if Girardi is more likely to go the personal catcher route with him given that he doesn’t have much MLB experience. I could see him being Pineda’s personal catcher if things go well tonight

    (Not that Giardi believes in personal catchers)

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Snazzy tie on Leiter.

  • Tom

    Girardi (and his evil twin “Giardi”) also supposedly doesn’t believe in personal catchers

    • vicki

      (you guys keep pointing out your typos when i didn’t notice them on first read.)

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Aaaaaaand the official time it took to mention pine tar… after the second pitch of the game.

  • Wheels

    I hope Kay doesn’t talk about the pine tar all night.

    • King George

      You know it will happen.

  • Tom

    FYI the game is also on WGN for the out of towners who don’t get My9

    Cub announcers seem better than the White Sox guys (as if that means a lot!)… They also actually seemed pretty reasonable on the pine tar stuff — they mentioned it and then moved on from it rather quickly.

    • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

      I like to listen to the other team’s broadcasters when I can. Different perspective is good.

  • The Other Matt

    Bonifacio is putting on his best Brian Roberts impression with this at bat.

  • No 2013 again

    I read that very interesting fangraphs article about Pineda and the comparison to Palmer. They mentioned Pineda’s ability to induce popups and sure enough, he gets 2 of those in the first inning alone. It’s really exciting having great young pitchers!

  • vicki

    when was the last time you heard the name glenallen hill??

  • RetroRob

    Beltran not moving his foot a fraction of an inch off the bag to avoid a “replay incident.”

    Carlos looks like he has a few extra pounds around the middle. As long as he hits, fine with me.

    • MartinRanger

      Yeah, he’s a bit heavier.

      At least he doesn’t look like a human fire hydrant i.e. Dioner Navarro.

  • Wheels

    Los.

  • MartinRanger

    Beltran can actually do everything.

    • Mr. Roth

      It feels like Beltran has been a Yankee for at least 5 years already. He just fits this team so perfectly.

  • MartinRanger

    What planet are we living on that Yangervis Solarte is hitting 5th in the Yankees lineup and I’m actually okay with this?

    • MartinRanger

      Okay maybe not entirely okay with this. But I’m not that much more confident in say Teixeira to be quite honest.

      • The Other Matt

        At least with Teixeira there is the fear, and respectability, of his name and reputation.

        • MartinRanger

          I don’t think Reputation is a very effective run producer.

          • The Other Matt

            Yeah, but let’s be real here, Solarte on his best day could only wish to be Mark Teixeira. We’re talking about a guy who, although early in the season, has yet to hit his first major league home run. It’s not like Tex is chopped liver, he just isn’t the same caliber player when the Yankees first signed him.

  • RetroRob

    Solarte has risen from free agent minor league player, to making the MLB team, to #5 hitter.

    • King George

      And is a guy who told reporters he would willingly accept a AAA spot in SWB if he didn’t make the ML team…

    • vicki

      what a country.

  • TheRealGreg

    Meh

  • MartinRanger

    Between this lineup and the fact that Wood is actually kind of good, I’m expecting another low-scoring affair.

    • vicki

      fine.

      i’ve been more excited for the top halves of the innings today anyway.

  • Wheels

    Watching WGN’s telecast is a nice change of pace.

    • Tom

      Their broadcast team does seem quite good. Good mix of info and they don’t seem to have the over the top homer-ism that is now sadly commonplace.

      • TheRealGreg

        You wonder if all the homer-ism was sucked by the other broadcast team in their town

      • vicki

        scooter was a homer.

        • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

          Scooter was a huckleberry!

          • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

            Right! And there was no bigger homer than Harry Carey and he was great. I’m indifferent to the Cubs and the NL, but I would watch Cubs when Harry was broadcasting cuz he was so funny and made the game fun to watch

        • nycsportzfan

          Thee exception

  • RkyMtnYank

    Terrible swing in that count, needed one of those big agressive Solarte swings there.

  • TheRealGreg

    Gardner was running for his life there coming off the field

    • The Other Matt

      I was wondering if I was imagining things. It looked like he was a kid running down the street after an ice cream truck.

  • MartinRanger

    Pineda’s velocity is not terribly inspiring, but it’s cold and he’s locating. If he’s at 91 in June I worry.

    • RetroRob

      It is lower tonight, but not unexpected.

      His velocity will probably fluctuate more than others as he builds his arm strength. I would think it will increase as the weather warms, but I also expect it to drop again as the season progresses and the innings build.

      I don’t think we’ll really know where he’ll settle in at until 2015.

      • qwerty

        Why would it flucuate? It’s only his third start of the season, not his 20th. I highly doubt this is a case of him being tired.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Come on, Sizzlicious!

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Man, the audio is better on WGN. That’s weird.

    You can hear the PA way better.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Doesn’t seem to be as much ambient noise, either.

    • Wheels

      It’s amazing. You hear things you normally never would.

      • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

        And they even gave us a little Billy NYS of mind

        Niceeee

        • Wheels

          That was sweet, the whole helicopter shot of Manhattan too.

          • vicki

            wgn has been doing it since long before yes was but a twinkle in george’s eye.

        • MartinRanger

          That was so pretty, on both ends of the commercial break too.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I completely missed this afternoon’s game…hopefully tonight can make up for that.

    • TheRealGreg

      Don’t worry. If we lose, we’ll know who to blame.

      ;)

    • RetroRob

      You forgot about it, or just couldn’t see it?

      • Dalek Jeter

        Couldn’t see it, class from 11-1 then again from 3-6 and spent the entire 2 hours in between working on a particularly tedious experiment report on the acceleration of gravity.

        • The Other Matt

          Only caught the game from the seventh inning on, as I had class from 11-2. When I saw how well Tanaka was throwing, I was sure everything was going to be down hill once I began watching the game. Fortunately that wasn’t the case.

    • vicki

      slap yourself. i cancelled with my trainer, which i’ll have to pay for. totally worth it.

    • Mykey

      Same. Hopefully Pineda continues to follow Tanaka’s example.

  • TheRealGreg

    3 hard hit balls right at people. Might not be our BaBIP night

  • MartinRanger

    Wow all three outs were hammered.

  • MartinRanger

    Johnson does not have a bad enough platoon split to be hitting 8th.

    • vicki

      if anything, break up ichi and sizemore; they’re both far better against left-handed pitching.

    • Tom

      He’s had some bad splits the last 3 years.

      His career #’s aren’t too bad, but 3 years is starting to become meaningful for split data.

      • vicki

        except that he hasn’t had a whole lot of plate appearances in that time. managers oddly quasi-platooned him, even maddon.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Yanks really hitting the ball hard against Wood this inning, and decently last inning. Some poor BABIP luck though.

  • The Other Matt

    Welp, there goes the no-no.

  • The Other Matt

    Seeing Brandon Webb’s name on the list of pitchers who had torn labrum surgery, man he used to be legit for those few years with Arizona.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Jason Schmidt was also very good for San Fran back in the day. Lists like that really show your age sometimes lol.

      • The Other Matt

        Lol. Hopefully not too much, I’m still a young lad. But you’re right Jason Schmidt was pretty good with San Fran for a stretch there.

    • Mykey

      Ah, thank you! I had been trying to remember his name yesterday and was drawing a blank yesterday. He really was pretty dominant.

      • The Other Matt

        Yeah he was good, then just faded into oblivion like many other good pitchers with arm injuries/surgery.

  • Preston

    Gave up a hit, we lost the trade.

  • RetroRob

    Dallas Green did his damnedest best to try and destroy Al Leiter’s arm.

  • jon

    what happened to pineda throwing 94mph? seems to be 90mph tonight though maybe its the cold weather

    • Dalek Jeter

      Cold weather probably has something to do with it, also his arm probably isn’t exactly “used to” throwing this much, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see his velocity take a dip these next few starts before it picks back up again.

      • CountryClub

        I don’t really disagree. But his velocity never dipped in that 1st start and it was there in the 1st few innings of his 2nd start too. But since then it’s been down. Just seems weird.

        • CountryClub

          Reply fail here. At least it was the right topic….

  • MartinRanger

    Lot of soft flyballs so far. Good match with our outfield defense.

  • Rick

    Let’s get some runs here … before the one bad pitch by Pineda ends up being costly rather than a harmless mistake

  • Tom

    Nice looking change there by Pineda… if he gets that working and consistent, look out.

  • Havok9120

    While I’ve said it elsewhere, I will now say it here.

    Break out the brooms for Prussia, boys.

    • Dalek Jeter

      For Prussia!

  • CountryClub

    Pineda’s velocity dropped in the last 3 innings of his previous start. I was curious to see if it rebounded tonight, especially early in the game, and it hasn’t. Worth watching moving forward.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      I feel like it’s a non issue with the cold weather and the fact that he was 94, 95mph in his first start. If he got there before, he can get there again. Let the kid build up some arm strength in the warmer months.

      • CountryClub

        I don’t really disagree. But his velocity never dipped in that 1st start and it was there in the 1st few innings of his 2nd start too. But since then it’s been down. Just seems weird.

        • The Guns of Navarone

          Yeah, I’ve noticed it too. I think, based on my casual observations, that a pitcher’s velocity fluctuates early in the season and may even go through a “dead arm” period that they need to get through.

          Here, check out Kuroda’s velocity charts this season.
          http://www.fangraphs.com/pitch.....&dh=0

          He was throwing harder during the Red Sox game. He sits at 89-92 pretty consistently, but every now and then you’ll see him at 93, 94 for no apparent reason other than maybe he feels good that day.

    • MartinRanger

      Worth watching, but coming off shoulder surgery his performance is a lot more relevant. He looks healthy, and his delivery is smooth. That was not the case when he was hurt.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        Yeah his 91 or 92 is still popping the glove. I’ll be worried if/when hitters start teeing off on it.

    • RkyMtnYank

      Also seemed to coincide with removing the pine tar from his hand, so, could even be a confidence thing with his grip especially on a cold night.

  • MartinRanger

    That was an…interesting play right there.

  • Wheels

    Bad error.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Beltran needs to go to RF here

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Meh, ok.

  • Mykey

    FOTPO!

  • TheRealGreg

    He Buckner’ed it

    • MartinRanger

      Didn’t a Cub do that in a crucial playoff game in the 80s?

      • TheRealGreg

        They mentioned it earlier today. Leon Durham, I think. Against the Padres.

  • TheRealGreg

    2 for 3 with RISP and we have no runs. Combine that with the BaBIP

    • TheRealGreg

      Now 2 for 5.

    • Havok9120

      Clearly and forever doomed.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    We need a CI here

    :)

  • MartinRanger

    BELTRAN IS UNSTOPPABLE

  • Tom

    “I don’t believe what I just saw” (in tribute to Jack Buck)

    Is there any chance the Yankees can hire the Cubs broadcast team? Really enjoying their telecast.

  • Mykey

    Ugh.

  • TheRealGreg

    That was hit well and right at the center fielder.

    Don’t like it, boys.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Annoying

  • The Guns of Navarone

    No DP Fonso

  • CountryClub

    @YankeesWFAN: Rule changed for this year: 26th man for Gm 2-only if DH scheduled inside 48 hrs; if more than 48 hrs out then 26 for both games.

    • Captain Turbohiro Tanaka

      Unless it’s a full moon, in which event you’re allowed a 27th man and extra Gatorade.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Interesting, I like that rule change…however I do understand it’s slightly unfair for teams who have very distant minor league affiliates.

    • Havok9120

      That actually makes pretty perfect sense.

  • MartinRanger

    ugh these line drive outs are getting old fast

  • vicki

    okay, i know he’s an old man with quad issues, but that’s why we want jeter to try to score from third with one out on the soriano flyball. (cf russell carleton’s broccoli problem on BP yesterday.)

  • MartinRanger

    He’s really having trouble with his slider today. It’s going to be a big step for him if he can still pitch well without it.

  • Havok9120

    That might be the quickest lateral movement I’ve seen from Jeter since summer of 2012.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    The honorable Jerry C.

  • Dalek Jeter

    *rolls eyes* PLEASE LET THIS DIE JUST LET IT GO KAY.

  • MartinRanger

    Come on Big Mike. Settle down.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Nice!

  • TWTR

    Nice.

  • Havok9120

    Wow. SKJRM has a bit of a cannon.

  • SevenAces

    John Ryan flashing them guns.

  • pat

    I know he’s pitching well, but Mike’s velocity is a little low. Kinda raises an eyebrow or two.

    • pat

      Hopefully just the chilly weather.

  • Dalek Jeter

    SKJR strikes again!

  • Rick

    Wasn’t John Ryan the fake name in Wedding Crashers? If yes, I found my new favorite player … Hey-Hey-A-Hey

  • Mykey

    Ah, that was refreshing.

  • MartinRanger

    Come on offense let’s kick the gods of BABIP in the face.

  • Rick

    Well done, John Ryan

  • Yankeefan91

    hit a hr sizemore

  • mustang

    SIZEMORE!!!!!!!

  • TWTR

    WTG, SS.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    Yay Sizemore!

  • MartinRanger

    Hurray!

  • Havok9120

    Wooooo!

    Team Sizemore, ftw!

  • TWTR

    That works.

  • MartinRanger

    Time for your first longball John Ryan.

    • Mr. Roth

      That reminded me of the Curb Your Enthusiasm episide with the no-fly zone and long ball Larry

      • Chip Rodriguez

        which season/ep was that? Dammit, you’ve got me wanting to watch some Curb after this game’s over…

        • Mr. Roth

          Season 6, episode 7

          • Chip Rodriguez

            thanks!

    • MartinRanger

      Not quite, but we’ll take it.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Yeah Gardner!!

  • MartinRanger

    GGBG

  • TheRealGreg

    THERE WE GO

  • TWTR

    Gardner!!!

  • vicki

    railriders looking good.

    • Rick

      you would

  • Chip Rodriguez

    GO AHEAD RUN SIZEMORE!

    #Drewwho?

  • Wheels

    Dig the broken bat single.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    and yay Murph!

  • Havok9120

    OMG.

    He killed a bat.

    HE KILLED A BAT.

  • Wheels

    Gardner!

  • Mykey

    Atta boy.

  • vicki

    there’s your run, pineda.

  • mustang

    Sizemore scoring a run baby!!!!

  • MartinRanger

    damn it Jetes

  • whozat

    …That was a tremendously underwhelming AB by Jeter. Good 2 out rally to get there, though.

  • MartinRanger

    No Bueno Mike. Need a DP grounder here.

  • Wheels

    Big Mike in a little jam.

  • MartinRanger

    Okay, need a strikeout here.

  • The Other Matt

    Random: Anthony Rizzo is a pretty good player. The value of fantasy baseball is sometimes you realize a player is better (or worse) than you may have previously thought, or known. Last season I had Rizzo, and he was a surprisingly good player, and put up some solid all around numbers. I was spoiled to have him as my second 1B behind Paul Goldschmidt. Rizzo has pretty good pop, and steals quite a few bases for a guy that plays 1B. The Cubs are fortunate to have him locked up to a favorable contract until 2019. If they can produce some guys out of their farm, particularly pitching, to go along with Rizzo, Castro, Junior Lake, and Javier Baez (one of the top prospects in baseball) they can have a nice future.

    • Preston

      They need a lot to go right. The good news for the Cubs is that if only some of it goes right, their resources allow them to go on a spending spree to supplement.

  • vicki

    why don’t they execute the wheel play more often?

  • Mykey

    C’mon now Big Mike.

  • Preston

    These guys wearing hoods on are rediculous. I went for a run right before the game started in shorts and a t-shirt. It isn’t that cold out. This is a Chicago team, it’s not like they’re used to playing Miami.

    • Mykey

      Many of these guys are from the Caribbean and Northern South America. Not all are so used to the cold. I work in the immigration department at an organization in Elizabeth, NJ. When it snows, I can bank on at least half of my clients cancelling their appointments.

      • Preston

        I grew up in Phoenix. I get it’s a shock at first. But Bonafacio, and Castro have been around, it’s not their first North American season.

  • Rick

    After hitting two balls hard, I will exchange the out there … I have confidence in the strikeout

    • Rick

      Fuck I’m good

      • vicki

        really went out on a limb with the 9 k/9 guy.

        • Rick

          hey, rain … meet my parade

  • tom

    ULTIMATE SSS, but JR Murphy’s pitch frame on that 0-1 slider was pretty poor. Very clearly a strike and his catch action probably contributed to the ball call.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Yes, 1 is the definition of small samples

  • Mykey

    Getting a little squeezed.

    • The Other Matt

      The 2-1 pitch was off the plate to begin with, with late movement, if that was what you were referring to.

  • Wheels

    nice.

  • TheRealGreg

    Nice Pineda

  • TWTR

    Nice comeback.

  • mustang

    NICE!!!

  • Dalek Jeter

    That slider to Sweeney was one of the nastiest pitches I’ve seen in some time.

    • Rick

      Apparently you didn’t watch today’s game

      • Dalek Jeter

        I did not, I heard Tanaka was fantastic from about first pitch though…and 10Ks leads me to believe his splitter was super nasty.

        • Rick

          It was. He was awesome. His starts are becoming DVR material.

  • Preston

    Way to bear down Big Mike!

  • Hall and Nokes

    I like this Pineda. When do we have to give him back to the DL?

    • Havok9120

      -_-

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    The 1 run will hold but it would be nice to get some insurance. Pineda won’t let a run cross that plate. Cubs offense is so anemic.

    • vicki

      if you said something like that watching a one-run game in person with me i would make you leave.

      • Preston

        Let’s be honest, if this guy said any of the things he types on the internet to somebody in person, they’d make him leave.

    • Mr. Roth

      You’re going to have to leave.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Eesh, that was low Blue

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    C’mon Chuzuki

  • mustang

    SOLAR!!!!

  • Dalek Jeter

    Ichiro refuses to take your walk, Travis Wood!

  • mustang

    That’s for Team Sizemore over at RAB

    Much love

    Scott

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    It’s your time to shine, Scotty Sizzle!!!!

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Yeah, baby!!

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Yay

  • TheRealGreg

    SIZEMORE

  • Mykey

    SIZEMORE.

  • BrianMcCannon

    SIZEMOREEEE

  • vicki

    sizeMOAR.

  • Yankee$

    BABBBIP
    BABrokenBatBIP

  • Havok9120

    Team. Freaking. Sizemore.

  • mustang

    SIZEMORE!!!!!

    WE LOVE YOU MAN!!!!

  • Dalek Jeter

    WE ARE NOT WORTHY!

  • MartinRanger

    THE GREAT SIZEMORE

  • pat

    Scotty Sizemore doin big thangs.

  • Yankee$

    OK MLB Network, play every NY cliche song…ready go!

  • Chip Rodriguez

    Scotty don’t fail with RISP!

    • mustang

      Its Sizemore baby 2 for 3 1 Run score 1 RBI!!!!!

  • MartinRanger

    10 hits and two runs is not a good look.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Cult following

  • Tom

    I though Solarte was hitting 5th tonight? When did Girardi drop him to 7th?

  • Yankee$

    So, Sizemore is like a Plus Defender, no?

  • Havok9120

    Soriano is awesome.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Now’s the time when we all get greedy and start thinking about shutting out a doubleheader :-)

    • Yankee$

      Does it count against the Cubbies?

  • Preston

    Mustang isn’t going to be able to list the members of team Sizemore anymore. I think the bandwagon will be growing.

    • mustang

      Bring them on baby!!!!!

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Hey now!

  • Mykey

    Wow Bartman did not age well.

  • TheRealGreg

    Oh YES he did

  • Tom

    Soriano slow rolling the show on that catch; I’d hate to play Texas hold’em with that guy.

    He’d probably be slow rolling and gun saluting every pot he won

    • vicki

      those are the guys you take money from.

      • Rick

        so you’re a yankees fan, like to drink multiple beers, and play poker? you free next weekend to get married?

        • vicki

          now, rick. did you just describe the kind of girl you marry?

          • Rick

            ummmm … YEA! did you find a flaw there? because I couldn’t find one

          • Dalek Jeter

            I really don’t know how you’d respond to this, rick. Good luck.

          • RetroRob

            So that was the mistake I made when selecting the first Mrs. Retro.

            • Havok9120

              ietc

        • Havok9120

          Red Alert! We have a FIP. We haaaavvveee a FIP.

          A sub-FIP, anyway.

      • Tom

        Sure… but they are also the guys you want to punch in the head (especially if it’s a home game and there’s alcohol involved)

  • MartinRanger

    I just gotta say, it’s a good thing Mike’s facing the Cubbies, because he’s got basically nothing working well.

    • Rick

      are we watching the same game?

      • MartinRanger

        Well, he’s missing with the fastball, he’s gotten like three total swings and misses on the slider, and he’s getting a lot of flyballs and fouls on pitches that should probably be hit harder. His changeup is sort of working, I guess.

        I’m just saying against an AL East lineup it’s not a shutout right now.

        • Rick

          Could be fair … but I don’t think he was missing by much and he buckled down when he needed to

  • MartinRanger

    Wow way to not hustle to get that ball in guys.

  • fin

    The ump is squeezing Pineda on that low and in strike.

  • Preston

    How the hell did that turn into a triple. That was a lazy throw by Ichiro and a terrible throw by Solarte.

  • The Other Matt

    People malign Soriano for his play in left field and I know notoriously he hasn’t been a tremendous fielder, but he has really made some nice plays in left field since he has come back to the Yankees. Both last year, as well as this season. Not to mention, he actually grades out above-average in left field the past few seasons according to UZR/UZR 150.

    • MartinRanger

      Cubs broadcasters were actually just talking about how much he improved the last few seasons.

      • The Other Matt

        He really has improved quite a bit. I remember when he first made the move to the outfield and how he seemingly used to have a highlight of him misplaying a ball, and he is really a solid defender now. Which is a testament to his effort to get better, especially at his age, 38, to be an as solid a defender as he is presently.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Most defensive metrics have him at average to slightly above…I mean he certainly isn’t Brett Gardner out there, but if we hadn’t signed Ellsbury this winter I would totally have been okay with Soriano playing LF on a regular basis.

      • The Other Matt

        Yeah, definitely. Nobody is Brett Gardner defensively in left field. But I just wanted to point out how Soriano is a plus defender, even though he has the stigmatism of being known as a lesser fielder because of his play in the outfield earlier in his career. I actually like having him out in left field. I just wish that he had some experience in right as well, and was equally proficient there, because he covers a lot more ground than Beltran at this point in their career. The plus is that we have two gold glove caliber fielders in Gardner and Ellsbury in left ancd center, and there isn’t much ground to cover in right at Yankee Stadium. Beltran does have the upper hand when it comes to his arm compared to Soriano, as he has a plus arm and I think Soriano’s is average at best. And in right field is where a lot of baseball people like to have their best outfield arm, so it all works itself out. Plus, you always have Ichiro on the bench who has very good range and a good arm to boot.

  • Yankee$

    Cold Night, 89 Pitches, Betances loose, I make the switch.

    • MartinRanger

      That’s Cabral. Unless Dellin thought it would be fun to throw lefty.

      • Yankee$

        I hear he was hanging with Venditte a lot in Tampa.

        • MartinRanger

          Back when he was walking the ballpark it may have seemed like a good idea.

  • Mykey

    I’m enjoying these weak pop ups Pineda has been inducing.

    • Havok9120

      Yeah, it’s nice. Certainly good with out outfield.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Cano’s ISO is .038

    I’m aware of all the SSS warnings… but wow that’s just nuts. For sure we’d be freaking out if he was still with the Yanks.

    • Havok9120

      That’s….impressive.

    • MartinRanger

      I don’t know about freaking out – McCann is still scuffling and nobody’s calling him a bust. But there would be some eyebrows raised.

    • vicki

      that whole lineup has fallen back to earth. which likely means robbie won’t get much to really square up on.

  • Yan Solo

    I’m Derek Jeter. Been doing that for years. Add it.

  • MartinRanger

    Weak sauce Carlos.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I hope Pineda is back out there.

    • Dalek Jeter

      disappoint.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Ouch, no dice.

    • MartinRanger

      Nope. If they are really going for the innings limit (and they probably should), pulling him after 6 and 90ish pitches is the way to do it early in the year.

      • fin

        especially on a cold night when he didn’t have his best fastball.

      • Havok9120

        I’m on board with this. Especially since some of the innings have been a little stressful and it’s a cold night.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Phelps looks like Albino Aceves

    • Preston

      I missed them announce the pitching change. With that haircut and no number I had no idea who he was.

  • MartinRanger

    Come on Phelps we were just starting to trust you again.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    BGDP might load the bases himself but he’ll get out of it himself just like he did vs Boston.

  • Yan Solo

    Possibly a doubleheader shut out. When was the last time the Yankees pulled that off?

    • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

      Not to long ago

      • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

        1987

  • proday

    Not crazy about Phelps in these high leverage situations. Would much rather see Betances/Warren/Kelly while mixing the LHP’s if need be.

    • TheRealGreg

      Betances is too wild. Kelley pitched in the first game, and Warren is probably closing.

      • proday

        “Too wild”? That’s laughable here. Phelps is behind everyone and throwing mid-eighties junk. Give me the power arm who has shown dominance all day.

        • MartinRanger

          I think Betances is still working his way out of the doghouse after that disastrous ‘where the hell is my fastball going’ outing a few weeks ago.

          • TheRealGreg

            Yep

        • TheRealGreg

          You haven’t followed Betances’s career, have you?

          • proday

            Yea, I have. I’ve followed the fact that since he’s been coming out of the bullpen, he’s been a much different pitcher who doesn’t struggle to NOT walk the park. Dellin has been reliable in relief and should be treated as such.

            • TheRealGreg

              Look above.

              • proday

                Not sure what I’m looking at aside from affirming my own statements.

      • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

        Oh so you don’t actually watch the games. That’s good to know.

      • nycsportzfan

        Betances is getting a raw deal with this whole wildness thing. He had one real bad outing with command, it happens. Hes been a beast for the most part, and should be at least experimented with alittle more in pressure situations. Hes earned that, with what hes shown in the Spring and the start of the season.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      In fairness, it wasn’t “high leverage.” He just made it high leverage.

  • The Other Matt

    “The Adventures of David Phelps”

  • Chip Rodriguez

    dammit Phelps, don’t do this again.

  • Yan Solo

    David Robertson = “Houdini”
    David Phelps, please don’t = “Whodunnit”

  • MartinRanger

    Crap crap not good.

    I know Phelps hasn’t been a control artist since AAA, but he’s really regressed in the last two years.

    Come on BGDP.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Ka lush could be trouble for Phelps

  • Tom

    Phelps got away with that 3-2 fastball. Could use a grounder right about now.

    • Tom

      K works well too…

  • YankeeDJW

    Phelps slows the pace of the game right down.

  • BrianMcCannon

    Some great pitching out of jams tonight.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    Phelps really auditioning for the Houdini role here, huh?

  • nycsportzfan

    Phelps is this yrs Houdini, as Robertson was in the past, I see. Gets the blood flowing, thats for sure. Gets er done though. Good work, Phelpsy!

    Freaking love this pen!

  • nycsportzfan

    Its funny how quick a words meaning can change so quickly in sports. A couple wks ago, calling the Yanks underrated, as far as saying they’ll be contenders was for the most part, the minority. Now, just wks later, i’d almost guarantee the consensus would think the yanks got contender type mix of talent.

    • MartinRanger

      If enough things break right, they are right there. It would also help if the Red Sox got a dash of 2013 Yankees luck.

      • nycsportzfan

        The best part is, there might be alot of good parts coming back soon, talking bout Tex, Roberts, and Robertson. This teams flat out beastly.

        • MartinRanger

          I mean if KJ and Yangervis keep it up and Roberts figures out how to actually turn good ABs into hits I might be with you on that? They’ve got a pretty great rotation, a solid bullpen, and an above-average but not immensely exciting lineup.

      • nycsportzfan

        I’ll add real quick, this offense hasen’t even begun to hit like there gonna in the coming months. I don’t think they’d really scratched the surface yet, of what they can do.

  • mustang

    Wow! The Cubs aren’t very good.

    I think that was the Cubs then the Yankees there…lol

    But I will take it!

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    No harm, no foul

    • Preston

      I think it harms Phelps the next time Girardi is deciding who to bring into the game. Especially when Robertson gets back. Kelley and Warren have really cemented themselves as the top bullpen options so far and right now I’d definitely rather have Betances in there too.

      • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

        Well, yeah. Phelps wouldn’t be in that spot unless Robertson was on the DL and there was a double-header today.

  • The Other Matt

    David Phelps does his best to look like a young David Roberson, with less conviction.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      ietc

      • The Other Matt

        Que pasa? You’ll have to forgive me, but what does ietc stand for?

        • Preston

          I enjoyed this comment

          • The Other Matt

            Ohhh …. I see.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              Sorry. Didn’t see the question. Old-school RAB.

              The original comment was pretty frigging funny.

              • The Other Matt

                Thanks. I acutally googled the meaning of: ietc, and a recap Mike did, here on RAB, of the 2009 Draft the Yankees had, appeared as one of the first results.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    BGDP just has to get the blood flowing a little bit before he kicks it into gear. If it’s not a big game scenario is flounders.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Preach it.

  • Yan Solo

    Atta boy Whodunnit!

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Cliff Lee is about to throw his 130th pitch on an April 16th start.

    • MartinRanger

      Is Dusty Baker guest managering?

      • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

        I guess Ryno is trying to get Cliff the “W.” He’s been dueling Tehran in a 1-0 classic, and Lee is losing

        • vicki

          no doubt it’s cliffy’s call at this point.

  • TheRealGreg

    Cliff Lee:

    9IP 11H 1ER 1BB 13Ks 128 pitches

    And his team is down 1-0 in the bottom of the 9th.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Wins and Losses are totally the best way to judge pitchers.

      /Michael Kay’d

    • Chip Rodriguez

      My heart bleeds for him. I’m sure the Philly fans are being nice to his wife.

  • RetroRob

    I wonder if A-Rod could play second when he comes back.

    Probably get injured.

    Most likely not a good idea…most likely.

    • MartinRanger

      Why exactly would he not play third? Unless they get Headley or somebody like that.

      • RetroRob

        Catcher?

        I wasn’t being serious, although there really was no way to know that! Not even sure why the thought of A-Rod popped into my head.

  • MartinRanger

    Yangervis has a 1:1 K/BB ratio through April 16. Would not have called that at all.

  • mustang

    Come on Suzuki give Sizemore one more AB

  • mustang

    HERE WE GO!!!!!!!

    COME ON SIZEMORE!!!!!!!!

  • nycsportzfan

    Hell yeah, I told you Ichiro would thrive in his backup role! Perfect situation for a player with his skills and age!

  • RetroRob

    Ichiro seems to be taking to this back-up role.

    Randy will probably sign him to a two year extension.

    • nycsportzfan

      Ichiro skillset is so perfect for a 2nd career, as a key bench contributor, kinda similar to J.Giambi’s, except Ichiro has speed and defense to contribute, so makes him better, and I think he’ll play another 3yrs in this kinda situation, with this being the 1st.

  • The Other Matt

    It’s extremely encouraging to see Solarte work a few walks over the past few games. Even when his bat cools down a bit, which it has somewhat already, if he could still put together quality at bats and get on base it will allow him to be more than a flash in the pan kind of guy, and really be valuable to the Yankees moving forward.

    • nycsportzfan

      Its freaking awesome! Dudes got more BB’s then K’s, I think? Hes having a tremndous start to the season!

      • The Other Matt

        Absolutely. Hopefully he doesn’t fall off a cliff like Zoilo Almonte and David Adams last year.

        • vicki

          didn’t zoilo get injured more than he fell off a cliff?

          • The Other Matt

            No he started to fall a cliiff, and then he became injured. By the time he got injured, in Boston I believe, he had began to cool down considerably. Believe me, I was his biggest fan when he first came up to the and was swinging the bat they way he was.

        • nycsportzfan

          Good point with the Zoilo comment. Didn’t think of that. So far so good, though.

    • Preston

      I don’t expect him to set the world on fire, but if he could hit .270/.320/.390 with a solid glove he’d be an adequate starting 2b, or a really good utility man. Basically he’d be what we hoped Nunez could turn into.

      • Rick

        This. Well said

      • The Other Matt

        That sure enough would be a solid coup, just as long as he isn’t batting 5th on a regular basis. But if he does that over the course of a season, then I’d sign up for it. That sounds to equate about league average numbers offensively.

      • MartinRanger

        Exactly. That would be a real asset.

  • TheRealGreg

    Bad news for Team Sizemore. Looks like they are going to PH Ellsbury and move Solarte to 3rd

    • TheRealGreg

      And put Anna in at 2nd

  • MartinRanger

    So, all kidding aside, the Yankees have to keep Sizemore on the roster somehow, right? I don’t think they should let him go given that Roberts is made of very thin glass.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Anna has options. Sizemore can opt out on 5/1. Simply based on that, you have to think they keep Sizemore.

      • MartinRanger

        So Yangervis is your backup SS, KJ and Sizemore and Roberts split 3B/2B? That could work.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Fuck it. Cut Jeter.

          • MartinRanger

            Clearly.

            I think they have to reconsider Roberts’ roster spot/playing time. It’s turning into a Randy Winn ‘year we gave him a major league deal but he’s kind of really sucked’ situation.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              Maybe. I think the hook with Roberts is not going to quick but, by sending down Anna, you don’t burn any options while you figure out whether Roberts is just off to a slow start or done as a full-time guy.

              • MartinRanger

                Oh, Anna going down is a given. Presumably he goes for Teix.

                • Jorge Steinbrenner

                  Think about how many of these minor moves thus far have been pretty much the opposite of what we expected would happen, though.

                  As I say that, Anna boots a grounder to second.

  • MartinRanger

    NOOOOOOO HOW COULD YOU JOE

  • Havok9120

    Run Ichiro run!

  • ALZ

    The Sizemore era is over.

  • Tom

    Anyone listening to the Cubs feed?

    Cubs broadcast team is on fire.. they are talking about a Brooklyn Cyclones promo. Show a legitimate business card showing you are a latex salesman and you get in free

    The Cubs color guy “Serenity Now”

    Apparently they are having a cereal eating contest and the Cylcones will wear puffy shirts for BP.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    PINCH-HIT FOR SCOTT SIZEMORE?!?! HERESY!!!! OFF WITH GIRARDI’S HEAD.

    • Dalek Jeter

      *Grabs Ice*

  • The Other Matt

    Why would you send Ellsbury up against a left hander, when Sizemore is a right hander? To me this makes no sense really. And who is going to play third now? I guess they’ll move Solarte to 3rd and out Anna at 2nd.

    • TheRealGreg

      The Cubs put in the lefthander when Girardi signaled that he was going to PH with Ellsbury

  • Dalek Jeter

    Ichiro should steal on this 0-1 pitch.

  • MartinRanger

    Shoulda kept Sizemore. #firegirardi

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    SCOTT SIZEMORE WOULD HAVE HIT A GRAND SLAM.

  • nycsportzfan

    I don’t even care that we stranded a small army tonight. The driving in runs will come, as long as we pitch like this in the mean time, were gonna be set up, for when this offense really takes stride.

    • MartinRanger

      I will completely agree with you assuming that Rizzo doesn’t club a three-run homer. Then I will strongly disagree.

      • nycsportzfan

        I got such a tremendous amount of confidence in this team, this yr. I’ve felt like were gonna be contenders since the middle of winter. I haven’t been this confident in a Yank team in a few yrs or so. Probably since 2010.

  • TheRealGreg

    Girardi went for it there, and it didn’t work out.

  • RkyMtnYank

    I’m not really on the Sizemore band wagon but bringing in a cold Ellsbury on a cold night versus a lefty for a guy who was 2-3 and right handed, brilliant, even if it is Ellsbury. Not much point in resting him to begin with.

    • MartinRanger

      The lefty came in because of the pinch hitter though.

      • TheRealGreg

        The problem is that the camera did not catch Ellsbury going up initially. But I am 100% sure that the Cubs brought in the lefty because Girardi was bringing in Ellsbury

      • RkyMtnYank

        Guess I missed that, but still, things seemed well enough in hand that they shouldn’t have had to play Ells at all.

  • nycsportzfan

    Phelpsy putting in work! Giardi loves this guy!

  • nycsportzfan

    I missed Murphys hit. Can anyone fill me in on what kinda hit it was?(smacked,infield hit..etc)

    • MartinRanger

      Broken bat soft liner over the shortstop.

      • nycsportzfan

        Thanks. Thats cool.

  • TheRealGreg

    My guess is that Phelps is only in for this batter.

    3 straight lefties after this

    • nycsportzfan

      Good call. I didn’t even check.

    • TheRealGreg

      I amaze myself sometimes.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    He is now Albino Aceves to me until his hair grows back.

    • Havok9120

      It’s a good name. You’ve been on fire today.

      • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

        Why, thank you

  • Tom

    94? Phelps ratcheted that last fastball way up!

    • Tom

      Oh it’s Thornton! That explains it.

      It also explains why Phelps was throwing left handed!

      • RetroRob

        If Phelps ever hit 95, the Commissioner’s office would make him pee into a cup and take a blood sample right on the pitcher’s mound.

        • The Other Matt

          LMFAOOOO !!!!

    • MartinRanger

      Huh. WGN had it at 89 right down the middle.

      • RetroRob

        Maybe that was the slider? Thornton regularly hits 95.

        • MartinRanger

          No, that was me thinking Tom was actually talking about Phelps.

  • Wheels

    C’mon Junior Lake, this isn’t the Ice Bowl.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Oh my God, Thornton smiled

    • vicki

      maybe that’s why i don’t really like him. too many walks and some scary loud outs aside, his numbers couldn’t be shinier. plus everything leiter said. but i haven’t warmed to him at all.

      • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

        He never cracks a puss. I find that annoying.

        He’s not good enough to have the personality of a brick.

        But he does seems to have the velo that we all heard he lost.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Betances in the 8th and Warren in the 9th? Warren in the 8th and Kelley closes twice in one day?

    • MartinRanger

      That was the top of the 8th.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        Heh, good to know!

  • TheRealGreg

    Nasty pitch

  • The Other Matt

    This guy Rosscup for the Cubs really reminds me of Mark Langston that pitched for the San Diego Padres when the Yankees faced them in the 98 World Series.

    • MartinRanger

      Didn’t he give up Tino’s grand slam? Could use of those.

      • The Other Matt

        Yeah, he was the one. That is particularly, and probably only, why I remember him.

        • Bobtaco

          You must be young.

          Once upon a time he was the Mariners ace, and was traded to the Expos for some tall kid named Randy Johnson.

  • Rick

    3 outs away from a big sweep … though Axisa disagrees, when you play a crappy team for a two game series with arguably your two best pitchers on the hill, they’re “must win” games in the sense that you feel like you gave one away when you don’t win one of them

    • stuckey

      96 win teams lose 2 games for every 3 they win.

      There is no must win in a 162 game season.

      • Rick

        For sure … but that doesn’t mean every game isn’t important

        • ALZ

          Every game is important, but I think Mike is just saying that it wouldn’t be insane if Cubs had won 1 game.

  • nycsportzfan

    I so wanted a multi hit game for Murphy tonite.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    To be the man, you got to beat the man!

  • nycsportzfan

    This is gonna be even sweeter, knowing were going to dreaded St.Pete, were we have not had a ton of success in some time.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Unfortunate that CC has to get a start there

      • Chip Rodriguez

        fortunately it’s against Price, so we can get shut down by him, and see CC struggle in the same game instead of two different ones.

        • MartinRanger

          Economical suckage!

  • MartinRanger

    The Yankees have left 12 men on base. They are very lucky it’s still a two-run lead.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      You’re kind of down on everything tonight, huh?

      • MartinRanger

        Eh, I’m skeptical about the level of competition, mostly. I would not expect this team to be able to win two games scoring five runs, but hey, they’re three outs away from doing it. I’m happy to be proved wrong.

    • nycsportzfan

      When you have pitching that can win games like this, when your offense strands so many runners, its huge. This offense will hit more often then not. Winning games most teams would lose.

      • MartinRanger

        Don’t get too cocky. I think they’ll pull it off but Warren makes a mistake here and it’s suddenly an issue.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    I want Dellin!

    • TheRealGreg

      Y’aint getting him unless we go to extras.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Godfuckingdamnit. I walk out of the room, walk back in, see #42 pitching in the 9th, and I automatically assume……

  • MartinRanger

    Safe to that Starlin was NOT happy with that outcome. Not family-friendly language.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    I think I heard a bad word, but I’m not sure because he had a Buick wrapped around his face.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Baserunners, got your free baserunners here!!

    • nycsportzfan

      I’m not even sweating it. Warrens a beast, he’ll get em! One away! Cubs fans about to have guts ripped out.

      • nycsportzfan

        Ballgame! Yanks sweep the DH’er!

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    One more…

  • TheRealGreg

    He’s just missing his spots

  • The Other Matt

    Wow…

  • WhittakerWalt

    GRRRRRR

  • BrianMcCannon

    Jeez this is a lot more nerve-wracking than it should be.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Aw crap

  • The Other Matt

    Whew! That’s a relief.

    • The Other Matt

      No pun intended.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Thank Mo.

    What a sweet couple of ballgames.

  • MartinRanger

    SWEEP

  • TWTR

    Bend but don’t break…

  • http://thesportsquotient.com Eduarvis Solunez

    Quick, sneak Mo in! With all the 42s around they’ll never notice.

  • MartinRanger

    Oh John Ryan we really did not need that.

    • Chip Rodriguez

      that was on Warren. Bounced well in front of the plate.

      • MartinRanger

        Yeah but then it literally went right through his legs.

        • ALZ

          McCann probably would have blocked, but still pitcher’s fault.

          • TWTR

            Blocking a pitch when it bounces in front of the plate is often luck.

      • TWTR

        Yup.

  • nycsportzfan

    Yanks pitching flat out dominant all day long! All we would of needed is 1run in each of the games, and we’d of still swept em.lol

  • RetroRob

    Bring in Mo.

    • RetroRob

      Sit down, Mo.

  • Mikhel

    You can put it on the boaaard… YEEEEES!!

    I mean, new record in saves for the Yankees to begin a year without blowing one (8)?

    Or something like that.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    Oy.

    What is this, Houdini remembrance night?

  • Mykey

    Nice.

  • Captain Turbohiro Tanaka

    That was exciting.

  • Wheels

    yes.

  • Tom

    That ain’t no Xander Bogaerts at SS!

  • Chip Rodriguez

    Adam Warren Wetteland gets the save!

  • Fin

    Nice game! 21 innings since the Yankees gave up a run.

    • Chip Rodriguez

      CC’s pitching tomorrow, so I’m not optimistic that number will increase by much.

      Sigh. Please prove me wrong, CC.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    So the only question left here is who won the Montero/Pineda trade.

    • Fin

      Last I looked Montero was killing it in AAA as a DH/1st baseman. .200/.286/.440.

      • MartinRanger

        Any plate discipline he had has just vanished. It was always a concern but he is still one of the most stunning busts I can remember.

        It’s funny because Lupica was saying it was another case of the Yankees making a prospect look better than he really was and then getting rid of him. But that’s not really what happened.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Has that really ever happened and, if so, does that mean some of these guys were worse in 2013?

        • Fin

          Yea, I’m not surprised hes nothing special, as I think it was clear he couldn’t catch at MLB level and I didn’t think his bat was good enough to be anything special at 1b, but not being able to hit at all, even in the minors is pretty shocking.

          • MartinRanger

            He lit up the minors and projected as a decently high average hitter with great opposite-field power. And he’s no longer the most highly regarded Jesus in the organization.

        • RetroRob

          Lupica’s a tool.

          • MartinRanger

            Undoubtedly. But without context I could see why he’d see that. Of course context is kind of important.

            • WhittakerWalt

              Lupica never passes up an opportunity to trash the Yankees.

            • RetroRob

              I have a strong dislike of Lupica that extends beyond that comment. Actually, that comment doesn’t even bother me, even though it’s wrong, which Lupica knows. He’s a tool.

              • Fin

                Lupica always struck me as a guy who didn’t like athletes or sports in general. Just about everything he has to write is negative or a shot a team/athlete.

    • Chip Rodriguez

      if we had Stephen Drew, we wouldn’t worry about such trivial matters.

    • ALZ

      I’d like to see him be at least somewhat decent. He isn’t making NYY prospects look very good.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    oh, and the White Sox take a 3-1 lead over the Red Sox right as I switch over. Nice.

  • The Other Matt

    Catch you guys tomorrow.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    What a great day

  • MartinRanger

    Two of the best, most pleasant and least troll-infested threads in a very long time.

  • hey now

    I’m pretty sure the Red Sox work on bitching-and-moaning drills during ST.

    “Okay, guys, I want you acting like every called strike against you is the worst call in the history of mankind. I don’t care if the pitch is right down the middle of the plate, you’re going to bitch!”

  • Chip Rodriguez

    ha, Fernando Rodney just blew another save.

    • Mykey

      You know Robby is furious right now after that terrible throwing error to him.